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COACTION addresses antibiotic usage and antibiotic resistance in Colombia (fact-finding), and investigates how Colombia and the Netherlands can work together to reduce AMR through innovation, capacity building, knowledge transfer or businesses between Colombia and the Netherlands.

Goal of the project

COACTION strives to determine the state of action on antibiotic usage (AMU) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Colombia, and the players involved in combatting antimicrobial resistance. For information, the Dutch approach to AMU and AMR is described, including the actors involved and the share of responsibilities. COACTION will contribute to identify alternatives for a sustainable development of the local private sector in the domains of human health, animal health and environmental health. Besides, it aims at supporting the strengthening of the policy framework and the enabling environment for AMU/AMR reduction in the country. 

Who is involved 

The Netherlands: RIVM, Utrecht University, Gezondheidsdienst voor Dieren
Colombia: Dutch Embassy, Prospectiva.


  • A background document on the Dutch AMR/AMU approach was compiled.
  • An online workshop was held in November 2022, followed by a visit of Dutch partners to Colombia and online discussions, involving ministries, hospitals, researchers and public institutions.

RIVM role  

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) contributed experts on AMR/AMU in humans and in the environment.